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PyeongChang 2018's vision for the 2018 Games is to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons - a legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before. Its Winter Games plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history, it offers a unique stage on which the world’s best athletes can achieve superior performances. With PyeongChang’s strategic position in Asia, and its access to a young and fast growing youth market, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will no doubt expose new generations of potential athletes to the power of winter sport.
Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games took its motif from the white tiger.
The medals, which range in weight from 586 grams for the gold medal to 493 grams for the bronze, reflect the traditions and culture of the host nation. Their design was inspired by the texture of tree trunks, with the front bearing the Olympic rings and dynamic diagonal lines that reflect both the history of the Olympics and the determination of the participants. On the reserve, meanwhile, are stated the discipline, event and the PyeongChang 2018 emblem. In total, 259 sets of the medals have been made.
They are the work of celebrated South Korean designer Lee Suk-woo, who incorporated Hangeul – the Korean alphabet and the foundation of Korean culture – into their design through a series of consonants symbolising the effort of athletes from around the world, who will come together as one to compete at PyeongChang 2018.
The ribbon from which the medal hangs is an equally important part of the design and has been created using gapsa, a traditional South Korean fabric. The light teal and light red ribbon from which the medals hang is also embroidered with Hangeul patterns and other designs.
Composition: Gold : a silver medal with a purity of 99.9% plated with 6 g of gold. Silver: a silver medal with a purity of 99.9%. Bronze: a copper medal (Cu90-Zn10).
Weight: Gold: 586 g. Silver: 580 g. Bronze: 493 g.
Diameter: 92.5 mm
Number of medals: 259
Have a look at the list of events at PyeongChang 2018! Eight new medal events at PyeongChang will take the total of golds up for grabs to 102, more than any previous Olympic Winter Games. The new events will certainly add a new dimension to these Games, with the accent very much on increasing the appeal of the Olympic Winter programme to young audiences around the world. Certain to give the Games a youthful vibe is the snowboard Big Air. The other new events all have a strong team ethic and help the Games bridge the gender divide. For the first time in PyeongChang, a mixed doubles event in curling will appear alongside the traditional men's and women's team events. Alpine skiing, traditionally an individual sport, will also have its own mixed team event for the first time. And finally, the speed skating programme in PyeongChang will be rounded off with men's and women's 'mass start' events.
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The city of PyeongChang will host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. This followed 1 round of voting by the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 6 July 2011 at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.
Three cities were proposed by their National Olympic Committees to host the 2018 Games: Munich (GER), Annecy (FRA), and PyeongChang (KOR)*. At its meeting on 22 June 2010, the IOC Executive Board selected all three cities as Candidate Cities and they continued to the second phase of the bid process.
At the final vote in Durban, PyeongChang was elected with 63 votes to Munich's 25 votes and Annecy's 7 votes). This gave PyeongChang the majority that it needed to overcome the stiff competition put -up by Munich and Annecy.
* Listed in the order of drawing of lots
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